Smoked beef and bacon chili

Smoked beef and bacon chili

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 6 hr
  • Total: 6 hr 10 min
  • Serving: Serves about 8

Looking for a meal that will cook itself? Try this incredible chili made with thick-cut bacon, zesty spices and slow cooked beef. It's hearty, filling and full of flavor -- plus, the slow cooker does all the work!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 pieces of thick-cut bacon
  • 16 ounces stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms


  1. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook about 5 minutes, or until done. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Add the beef, onion, broth, tomatoes, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, mushrooms and beans into a slow cooker. Chop the bacon into bite-size pieces and add to the pot. Garnish with salt and pepper and red pepper.
  3. Set your slow cooker on low and cook about 6 - 8 hours, or until the beef is fully cooked. Serve it with cheddar cheese and enjoy!

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